January 10, 2013 Leave a comment

Susanna Black, in this mediation on the book of Ruth, notes the same social welfare and mandated economic inefficiencies in the Old Testament Law that I’ve noticed myself.
This would be one of the reasons I don’t see strict laissez-faire economics as the self-evidently “Biblical” economic system.

Radio Free Thulcandra

Last Thursday the Bible study I go to– chez John and Judith Mason, through Christ Church, my wonderful Anglican congregation– took a look at the OT book of Ruth, and I ended up figuring out a little more about why I’ve always loved this short, quiet narrative about friendship between women, loyalty, seemingly impossible hopes fulfilled in unexpected ways, and unexpected romance.

On one level it’s a Cinderella story.  Ruth, the Moabitess, the foreigner, supporting herself and her mother-in-law after the death of all the men in their family by gleaning: picking up the sheaves of wheat left behind by harvesters in someone else’s field.  This was put into place under God’s law as one of three levels of provision for social welfare in Israel (the other two, per my brilliant friend Kristen Filipic, are tithing, where a tenth of everybody’s income ends up in a central fund used…

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June 20, 2012 Leave a comment

This is not a pretty vision of the future of American farming.

Logsdon calls the consolidation of farmland into land trusts (worked by employees, not owner-farmers) “socialistic,” but I think that’s inaccurate.

What he’s describing is really more like feudalism. *Without* the reciprocal obligations that medieval lords had to their serfs.

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New GNOME development

April 14, 2010 Leave a comment

After (mumble) years absence (something about Real Life™ interfering), I’m returning to the GNOME project, and attempting to contribute some programming.

I’ll add more details later; this is a placeholder post to establish a category feed for my GNOME work.

Categories: GNOME

Ann Arbor Sword Club

March 31, 2010 Leave a comment


Just to prove I’m only “mostly dead”, I finally made it out to the Ann Arbor Sword Club tonight.

Wow. What great, good fun!

I tried out English Sword (1575 Rapier). Those things are heavier than I expected — I’m not sure I’m any quicker with this allegedly small sword than with a longsword. I think the weights are almost equal.

Then, on to the Poll Axe!

The poll axe may now be my favorite toy.

Thanks to David Hoonstra for letting me drop in, and to Matt and Joe for a great time of swordplay.

Categories: Sharp Pointy Things

On Casting Stones

March 24, 2010 Leave a comment

“Dear friends, let us learn from the Lord Jesus not to judge and not to condemn our neighbor. Let us learn to be intransigent with sin — beginning with our own! — and indulgent with people.”
Pope Benedict XVI

Archery Discovery

March 14, 2010 Leave a comment

I learned today that, in the unlikely event of the nock failing just right at the point of release, it’s possible for an arrow to travel sideways, bash you in the nose, and then fly off backwards behind you.

Ow.

Fortunately, no real damage done. But it was exciting, and something you don’t see every day.

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Planning the Underwear Bombing

January 9, 2010 Leave a comment

Underwear Bomber Planning Meeting -- Fifty bucks we can make the Americans fly naked

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Thanksgiving

November 27, 2009 Leave a comment

Thanks be to God, for His blessings and mercy are greater than we can imagine. Happy Thanksgiving!

Our Representatives At Work

November 17, 2009 Leave a comment

Solitaire, or Public Service: It's Easier than Work!
“Men are ruled, at this minute by the clock, by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern.”
– G. K. Chesterton

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So much for "all are welcome"

November 16, 2009 Leave a comment

Former clinic director: Church chilly to my pro-life turn

Whereas clergy and parishioners welcomed her as a Planned Parenthood employee, now they are buttonholing her after Sunday services.

“Now that I have taken this stand, some of the people there are not accepting of that,” she told The Washington Times. “People have told me they disagree with my choice. One of the things I’ve been told is that as Episcopalians, we embrace our differences and disagreements. While I agree with that, I am not sure I can go to a place where I don’t feel I am welcome.”

The couple made St. Francis their home. They were confirmed Episcopalians, and their daughter, now 3, was baptized there. A photo on the front page of the church’s Web site, stfrancisonline.org, shows her seated at the right end of the front row, holding a girl dressed in pink. Her husband, dressed in an orange shirt, is to her right.

“Chief among our values,” says a statement below the photo, “are service, tolerance and understanding of the people and events that God has put into our lives.”

Now the Johnsons are “reconsidering” their membership. Another Planned Parenthood staffer who was a member of St. Francis has not attended since Mrs. Johnson made her new views public a month ago.

I wish I could say I’m surprised. But “we embrace our differences and disagreements” actually means “you will be assimilated.” Since Mr. Johnson has rejected the Borg programming, she now needs to be expelled from the collective.

Because, after all, one can’t tolerate the “intolerant.”

Categories: Episcopaganism, Molech